What a year! 14-2. We were blessed to have the opportunity to play sixteen games this season – something that out of thousands of teams, only a handful get to do each year. We traveled to Dallas to play in the famous Cowboys Stadium. Our only two losses this season were to the Texas High School 6A Division I & II State Champions. Last night against Desoto we fought hard and battled to the very end. We came so close! It was a huge game with 40,318 in attendance (which was more than the New Mexico and Las Vegas Bowl games, both with 29k in attendance). What an incredible experience for our players, coaches, fans and support groups! I know that it is a memory they will treasure their entire lives. I know I will. It wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but it’s hard to be disappointed with the tremendous season we had. I can honestly say that while exhausting, it was SO. MUCH. FUN. Every week I looked forward to our games, and it’s understatement to say my kids did too. They seriously live for Friday nights!
I am so proud of our players. They play this game with heart and fire. I admire and respect them. I strive to do the things I love with that same level of passion and commitment. Our boys are humble. They are a class act. They are phenomenal role models for our youth. They are strong and mature, handling pressure and the spotlight with grace and ease. I had the honor and privilege of teaching some of them yoga this year and I loved every minute of it. They are great kids and like I said, I am so proud of them.
I am also proud of our coaches. They work extremely hard and put in so many hours all year long, but especially these last 20 weeks or so. They give up countless hours with their own families and children. It was at times a tough season with some bumps in the road, yet our staff stuck together, keeping our team focused on the state championship. I admire the meaningful relationships that they build with their players. They influence and grow wonderful young men. Their impact is immeasurable.
Lastly, I am proud of Scott. My husband, my heart, my true love. He has changed my life in so many wonderful ways, and loving high school football is one of them. I am in awe of him and his success, game after game, year after year. Most people probably don’t realize how big his job is; it’s not just coaching football. Yet he manages it all so well, and even under the media spotlight. I’ve always said that besides his mom and dad (whom the Knights’ stadium is named after), he is the hardest worker I’ve ever met in my life. He pours his heart and soul into his work every single day. He always has and always will. I know this comes from his parents, and I feel so blessed because with Scott as their dad, my three little kiddos will grow up to inherit this trait from him too.
I’m not the only one who feels this way about our team and staff. One of my favorite parts about this entire weekend was waking up this morning and reading all of the love and support for our Steele Knights all over Twitter and Facebook from everyone including the media. It is literally overwhelming and almost takes my breath away to read how much this team has touched the lives of so many people in our little community here in Cibolo, Texas. It’s clear that our reputation is one of hard work, commitment, perseverance, and class. And it is well deserved.
I’d like to thank all of Knight Nation for your loyalty and commitment all season long. We are so blessed to have such a supportive community. To our fans, band, dance teams, cheerleaders, mascots, pep squad, trainers, parents, teachers, administrators, and everyone who loves our Steele Knights, THANK YOU. I’d also like to thank my fellow coaches wives for being such a great group of friends. And for helping me wrangle my kids at games. I apologize for all of your food that they ate! You guys are saints and I appreciate you so much. We have a special sisterhood just as our husbands have a similarly special brotherhood.
I now look forward to having my husband back home with me and the kids. That’s the easily hardest part of football season – running the show at home on my own for 16+ weeks, although I wouldn’t change it for the world! Perhaps I won’t need to do some of my long runs starting at 3 am now, LOL!
Peace and blessings to all, much love,
PS. Here’s a link to some incredible photos from the game.